Where houses are close together, privacy fences become a must have on every homeowner's wish list. Before you build, however, pause for a moment and consider whether a planted screen would do the trick for you. Screening plants generally have a softer appearance than a fence or wall.
For a professional finish around trees planted in the lawn, loop a rope around the tree trunk and the shaft of a spade. Adjust the length so that the spade reaches to the drip line of the tree. Scribe the outline of a circle, then remove the rope and retrace the circle, sinking the spade vertically to make a neat, clean edge.
Accidentally rip a branch off your favorite bush? If it came off with a tiny bit of the main branch, you can use it to start a new shrub. Trim the bark "heel" down a bit and remove any leaves from the bottom half of the shoot. Dip the tip in rooting hormones, and pant it in a sterile mix of sand and peat moss.
Protect vulnerable shrubs and trees from potential weed whacker or lawn mower accidents. Keep a plastic juice bottle, slit down the side (with the top and bottom removed) tied to your machine. Stop before working too close to plants and slip the bottle around the trunk while you weed or mow in that area. Remove the bottle when you move on.